Van Gogh Paints the Working Class

 

Vincent van Gogh, The Road Menders, 1889. Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/2 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1949.

Vincent van Gogh, The Road Menders, 1889. Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/2 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1949.

Throughout his career, van Gogh was very interested in depicting the lives of the working class. In The Road Menders, he paints laborers in the French town Saint-Rémy.

How many different workers can you find in this composition? Look at the figures’ postures, and their surroundings. What words would you use to describe the characters? How do you think van Gogh felt about them?

The Beard That Never Goes Out Of Style

Instavangogh winners

Clockwise from top left: October winner @arnoldhilley, November winner @amandaduchemin, December winner @closetsketches

Since the opening of the exhibition, visitors to Van Gogh Repetitions have been giving us their best impressions of the Postman Joseph Roulin in the hopes of winning one of four monthly prizes. The competition has been fierce, and the three above winners have taken home prizes for October, November, and December. Our final winner will be selected on January 20, 2014; so grab your beard cutout at the Phillips museum shop and Instagram or Tweet a photo with it using #instavangogh for a chance to win a Van Gogh Repetitions exhibition catalogue.

Find inspiration on our #instavangogh Pinterest board. Helpful hint: all attendees to the Dutch Discoveries Phillips after 5 on January 2 will receive a free beard cutout!